Akin Ibitoye is a computer maintenance expert who studied physics at the prestigious Lagos State University. The first encounter he had with a computer was with a laptop running Windows 98 in 1999, while he was attending a conflict resolution workshop organized by the Christian Impact for Nigeria (CIFN), a UK-based charity organization comprised of Nigerians in diaspora, and that created an impression (left an indelible mark) on him so much that he dabbled into the computing world as a user in 2001. From there, he proceeded to learn web design in 2003, starting with HTML and graphic design. It was the endless possibilities presented by this “new” field that got him hooked. From there, it was a one-way street for this bundle of creativity. He designed this logo as his personal brand identity, and after working on it for three months, this masterpiece came out.
He learned about computer hardware and software with lots of hands-on experience to put into practice all the theories he had come across, and he then decided to focus more on software and its applications. Now, he is a very well-rounded expert on software usage, focusing on the needs of beginners, average users, and advanced users of computers. His philosophy is that technology is supposed to help us do more with less effort, and that is what he is committed to helping computer users achieve.
He has a basic diploma in leadership, organizational excellence, financial management, and career management from the premier leadership institute in Nigeria, the Daystar Leadership Academy. He proceeded to obtain an Advanced Diploma in Leadership, Conflict Resolution, and Mentoring from the same institution. He has attended or co-organized several seminars aimed at assisting individuals in realizing their full potential, including The Megastar Summit, which was held in 2006, 2007, 2009, and 2010. He organized a motivational seminar in 2004 at the MBA Hall, Lagos State University, which had over eighty young minds (undergraduates) in attendance. He published over thirteen editions of his motivational newsletter called “LIF101” between 2002 and 2003; also, between 2002 and 2005, he held frequent motivational talk sessions lasting between 30 and 45 minutes in the lecture halls during lecture-free hours.
In October 2009, he founded ibidTECHNOLOGIES, an IT-based company that provided a one-of-a-kind service called iTOOknow, which is an information service that assists individuals and organizations in increasing their skill set by providing them with books, magazines, video tutorials, and other resources from respected authorities in their field. He joined the Workforce Management Center (an HR/consultancy firm) in October 2009 and left in December of the same year to focus on iTOOknow. Eight months after he started iTOOknow, he was invited to feature on a technology program on the radio (PCFix on Radio Continental 102.3FM); from there, he was invited to another radio station for another technology program on the radio (IT World on Eko 89.75FM). It was on the radio shows that he met Ayo Makinde (a media personality), Bolaji Salawe (a computer geek), Awesanya Isaac (a computer hardware specialist), and Kelly Eyiaromi (a marketing guru). They would later become his partners when they founded a company called PCFix Nigeria (an IT consultancy company focused on providing, installing, and maintenance of computers and computerized devices) in January 2011.
In February 2011, he along with the PCFix team organized a free workshop for computer users; it featured a review of modern technologies back then, like the Apple iPad and Hitachi Magic Board, a free diagnosis of the computers brought by the participants, and free installation of the Linux operating system, among other free software. By December of the same year, the second edition, tagged “PCFix Workshop 2.0,” was held at the CMD Events Center, Lagos, and saw well over 250 participants registered, with about 120 showing up for the event. He is currently the head of software maintenance at PCFix Nigeria and the host of IT World and PCFix on the radio.